The holiday season is a time for joy, celebration, and indulging in delicious treats. As you prepare your festive meal, it’s only natural to want to share the joy with your four-legged friend. However, not all human foods are safe for dogs, and some can be dangerous. To ensure your canine companion feels included in the holiday festivities, let’s explore some suitable festive foods that your dog can enjoy safely.
Turkey is a traditional meat served during the holidays and is a beloved part of many Christmas dinners. Luckily in moderation, it is a safe option for your dog. Ensure that there are no bones or skin on the turkey as these can cause issues and make sure it is free from seasonings, especially garlic and onion which are toxic to dogs.
Roast potatoes are my favourite part of a Christmas Dinner however, they’re slightly too fatty for your pup to digest. Save some of the boiled potatoes and serve to your dog for a tasty treat.
Fresh cranberries or plain cranberry sauce can be a tasty and safe addition to your dog’s Christmas Dinner. They are high in antioxidants and are a delicious and healthy treat for your pooch.
If you’re anything like us here, then you will have plenty of veg left over from your Christmas dinner. Many dogs enjoy vegetables, and they make a healthy addition to their diet. Plain, cooked vegetables like carrots, green beans, and sweet potatoes are great choices. Skip the butter, salt, and seasonings, and serve them in bite-sized pieces.
I haven’t met a dog that doesn’t like cheese, and Christmas is a time when there is loads of it. Cheese can be a delightful addition to your dog’s holiday menu, however only in small amounts; opt for plain, low-fat varieties and feed in moderation. It can be a great source of protein and calcium for your four-legged friend.
Not sure what to get your pup for Christmas? Get creative in the kitchen and whip up some homemade dog treats. There are countless dog-friendly recipes available online that use safe ingredients like oats, peanut butter, and plain yoghurt.
Many ‘human’ foods are not suitable for your dog, and it is essential to be mindful of your dog’s dietary restrictions or allergies.
Here are some festive foods that are on the ‘naughty list’:
Whilst it’s wonderful to include your dog in the holiday festivities, it’s crucial to prioritise their health and well-being. If you’re ever unsure about whether a particular food is safe for your dog, consult with your vet before introducing it into their diet.
With a bit of planning and consideration, you can make this holiday season a joyous and delicious one for both you and your canine companion. We have a brilliant blog written by our ambassador, Anna Webb all about preparing your dog for the Festive Season, read it here.